Obituaries

ATHOL — Carroll “Sonny” Rushford, longtime resident of Athol, passed away suddenly on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, at the age of 78. Sonny was born on Sept. 16, 1938, in Richford, Vt., to the late Harold and Arcelia (Degree) Rushford. He...
LUDLOW — Ronald “Skip” Joseph Chiasson, 73, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, April 8, 2017, at home.  Ronald was born on May 5, 1943, in Gardner to the late Joseph and Mary (Boudreau) Chiasson. Skip grew up in Athol and later moved to Ludlow where he made his home.  He was a graduate from...
GARDNER — A celebration of life was held Friday evening, April 7, 2017, at Witty’s Funeral Home in Orange for Tanya L. (Nilson) Hamel, 50, of Emerald Street and formerly of Petersham, who died March 30, at Heywood Hospital in Gardner. Family and friends offered readings and poetry. Interment...
ATHOL — Funeral services for Roy M. L’Heureux were held Friday, April 7, 2017, in the Higgins-O’Connor Funeral Home. Fr. Edwin Montana of Our Lady Immaculate Church officiated. Members of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard played Taps and folded and presented the flag to his wife Joanne. A...
ORANGE — Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 8, at Witty’s Funeral Home in Orange for Christine (Lauchart) Hasanbasic, 79, of New Athol Road, who died peacefully at home on April 3.  Fr. William Hobbs of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Athol officiated. Interment was in South Cemetery,...
TEMPLETON — Raymond A. Kennedy, 85, of 851 Patriots Rd., died peacefully at his residence, Thursday, April 6, 2017 with his family at his side. He was born in Winchendon on Dec. 21, 1931, son of the late Waino and Hilda (Johnson) Maijala and lived in Templeton for many years. Ray was a member...
ATHOL — A Mass of Christian Burial for Tekla Bedard of Athol was held Thursday, April 6, in Our Lady Immaculate Church. Rev. Edwin Montana officiated. The organist was Janet Paoletti and the soloist was Liz Hume. The readings were shared by Tekla’s friends, Jane Lachance and Sandra Whitmore....
WEST BROOKFIELD — Judith A. (Leslie) Carroll, 73, of East Main Street, and formerly of Athol and Royalston, died Wednesday morning, April 5, 2017, at Life Care Center of Auburn. Born in Gardner, she was a daughter of the late Anthony and Winona (Dunn) Leslie and grew up in Athol, graduating from...
BAR HARBOR, MAINE — Daniel E. “Danny” Marsh, 47, of Compass Lane and formerly of Orange, Mass., died unexpectedly at his home on Monday, April 3, 2017, after being stricken ill. Born in Springfield, Mass., on Oct. 9, 1969, he was a son of Ronald L. and Barbara A. (Ham) Marsh and grew up in...
HADLEY — Paul Vincent “Coach” Sulda Jr., 79, a resident of the Genesis Elaine Center at Hadley, 20 North Maple St., died Wednesday afternoon, March 29, 2017, following a period of declining health.  A native of Montague, he was born on Aug. 13, 1937, to Nellie G. (Tranowski) Sulda and Paul V....

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